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"A field Guide to the Spiders of Australia" for CSIRO Publishing by Robert Whyte & Greg Anderson, is scheduled for 1 June 2017. You can pre-order your copy HERE.

Jumping spiders
These spiders also have bizarre sex. Their courtship displays feature a complicated ritual of leg waving, toe-tapping, abdomen twerking, and perhaps most bizarre and beautiful of all, wing flapping. Yes, some have brilliantly-coloured side flaps they can extend like wings to mesmerize their mates. 

Ottoi

Maratus ottoi Photo: Jürgen Otto

AGELENIDAE Agelenid Spiders
Agelenids are medium-sized spiders found worldwide, mostly in the northern hemisphere. In Australia only one species is known, the introduced Tegenaria domestica which is a large but uncommon house spider. It is known as the Barn Funnel-weaver in North America and the Domestic House Spider in Europe. 

Agelenidae

More Jumping spiders
Australia is a hot spot for jumping spiders. Here, they are particularly abundant and diverse, occupying every ecological niche and coming in an enormous range of colours, shapes and sizes. 

Maratus vespa

Maratus vespa Photo: Jürgen Otto

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